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Re: [aroid-l] Selloum/Bipinnatifidum

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Selloum/Bipinnatifidum
  • From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo@msn.com
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 13:28:51 -0400
  • Seal-send-time: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 13:28:53 -0400

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Derek Burch 
  To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu 
  Sent: Friday, July 18, 2003 3:37 AM
  Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Selloum/Bipinnatifidum

  Dear Derek,

  The name DID ring a bell, but I was unable to 'pull it up'!   Old age is no fun!  :--)>
  Please give my very best to Myles!
  If you could be so kind, please check out the 'stem' of these strange-smelling Philodendrons, true P. bipinnatifidium is said to have smooth stems w/ NO intravaginal squamules (the spine-like structures found  at the interniodes), while P. mello-barretoanum is said to be THE one w/ these spine-like structures very well developed, which would make ALL the P. 'selloums' sold in Florida this species.   If in bloom, pics of the spathes (and details of spadices) would be great also, the locally grown P. 'selloum' here has a large (+- 24") mainly green spathe.
  Oh how I wish I were able to take you up on your kind offer, I have not visited the UK in 44 years!   I still remember Kew and the British Museum.
  See you soon!

  The Very Best,


  >>Dear Julius,
  The Living Rainforest is in Berkshire about 40 miles west of London, and
  is where I am now. We will be doing a house swap in Dorset for the whole
  of August, so if you could make your way across there would be a bed and
  a warm welcome for you, plus my service as a chauffeur on the 'smelling
  This is an old collection (you may remember reading about it in a
  newsletter a year or so back) with huge plants in great shape of many
  aroids, Myles Challis, the curator, spoke to you about some of his
  material and I think that you helped out with cultural instructions on
  some of the emergent semi-aquatic types.
  The offer of a bed is a serious one, although I realise that it is not
  an easy one to take up. See you in September when I get back, failing
  that.Best wishes, Derek<<

  -----Original Message-----
  From: aroid-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:aroid-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu]
  On Behalf Of Julius Boos
  Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 7:19 PM
  To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
  Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Selloum/Bipinnatifidum

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Derek Burch 
    To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu 
    Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2003 3:35 AM
    Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Selloum/Bipinnatifidum

    Dear Derek,

    I will certainly work toward making this happen, Eduardo is in the
  field at the moment, but I should hear from him on his return to
    Where is the site that you mention ('The Living Rainforest') located??
  I`d like to see and smell the plants that smell different to our
  'regular' P. 'selloum'!
    I`d request that anyone who may know of a plant collection that just
  MAY have some of the VERY old collections of Philodendrons to please
  contact me w/ their suggestions, I`d love to see some 'pre-tissue
  culture' specimens of P. 'selloum'.

    Good Growing to all,


    >>The Editor of 'Aroideana' says "yes, please" to such a paper, both
    that publication, and because it would be great to have it sorted out
    once and for all for Florida.  (Is there such a thing as 'once and for
    all' in taxonomy?)  Derek

    p.s to Eduardo  I would like to repeat my recent question to you
    publicly. The @selloum-type@ that we were working around at The Living
    Rainforest had a very different smell to its leaves from that to which
    am accustomed in the common Florida plants. Any comments on odor as a
    taxonomic character?

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